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'Gender and Trauma': The Eighth International Conference on Iris Murdoch [1-2 September, 2017]

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 1:23pm
Chichester University, UK

This Eighth International Conference on Iris Murdoch celebrates a new collaboration between the University of Chichester, and the Iris Murdoch Archive Project at Kingston University London. It will take place in the new venue of the beautiful university city of Chichester in Sussex, an area of England rich in literary connections, and in easy reach of major transport hubs, which we hope delegates from abroad will enjoy discovering.

Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures - PAMLA 2016

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:56am
Megan Cannella/PAMLA

Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
November 11 - 13, 2016
Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California

Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

This panel aims to explore the ways in which physical place has become archival within 20th and 21st century literatures. One of the most obvious examples may be the ways in which place is archival in post-9/11 literatures, but this panel welcomes varied and original interpretations of place as archive.

Ten Years Gone: Celebrating the Works of Octavia Butler-- SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2016

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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 9:56pm
Jay Shelat / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This year marks 10 years since the untimely death of Octavia Butler. It is also the 40th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Patternmaster. Butler was a pioneer in science fiction writing with her groundbreaking integration of race, sexual politics, and religion with traditional elements of the genre. This panel aims to celebrate Butler's life and works by presenting on a variety of topics, particularly the conference's theme of Utopia/Dystopia. Other possible paper topics include a pedagogical study of Butler's work, a theological approach to Butler's most celebrated works (Kindred and the Parable series), and an analysis of Butler's treatment of space and migration throughout her oeuvre.

[UPDATE] Between Vulnerability and Resilience: Representations of Veil in Literature, Film, and Fine Arts

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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 3:13pm
Umme Al-wazedi (Augustana College) and Afrin Zeenat (University of Dhaka)

The veil's ancient and modern history and its resurgence in our time is an important subject for discussion for those of us posing new questions about women and Islam in literature, film, and fine arts. In Europe and the U.S., the veil is often presented through errors of conceptualizations. The media, in particular, seems to be obsessed with the role of the veil. Recurrently, these discussions run along essentialist and ahistorical lines associating Islam with the ideology of shame and honor. Moreover, the Muslim immigrant "problem" in Europe and the U.S. and the fear of Islam and Muslims in connection with terrorism has heightened the controversy on the issue of the veil.

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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 11:57am
MMLA - St. Louis 2016

In the spirit of MMLA's conference theme of "Border States," this roundtable seeks to explore new pedagogical approaches to the teaching of world literature to college undergraduates, especially those in survey courses, though others will be considered. We are particularly interested in papers that explore how we introduce students to "world literature" in new and innovative ways, models that move from traditional surveys to the borders of world literature, and ways in which world literature, broadly speaking, can be effectively included in the curricula.

[UPDATE] Wreck Park Journal Summer Issue Submission Deadline Approaching

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 3:45pm
Wreck Park Journal

Wreck Park is an international journal run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. Wreck Park is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.

[UPDATE] Aboriginal North America and Europe: Strengthening Connections An interdisciplinary international conference

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 5:15am
Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University

The aim of the conference is to bring together aboriginal and non-aboriginal North American and European scholars, artists and activists and provide a venue for exchanging views, ideas and scholarship findings related to the present, the past and the future of aboriginal peoples of North America. We invite scholars representing multiple disciplines (history, sociololgy, ethnology, anthropology, culture studies, literary studies, law, politology, linguistics and others) to share their research results and pedagogies; and aboriginal activists and artists to share their experiences, knowledge and art.

The language of the conference is English.

Embodying/Disembodying Ireland

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 4:00am
Etudes Irlandaises

Études irlandaises 42.1 Spring/Summer 2017 issue: "Embodying/Disembodying Ireland".

Last Call for Submissions to Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance. 30 April 2016

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 9:50pm
De La Salle University, Department of Literature

Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance is an international peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish cutting-edge articles in the areas and intersections of Literary, Cultural, and Performance Studies. We especially welcome articles that will inaugurate new and dynamic directions for scholarly inquiry on the literary and cultural production of the Asian region. Further, in our commitment to diversity and to multicultural dialogue, we welcome contributions that may potentially be relevant to the concerns of the region from various national and cultural backgrounds. The journal is supported by a distinguished editorial board that represents the journal's scholarly depth and geographic scope.

[UPDATE]**Extended Deadline** DIS/EASE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 9:39am
Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English (DAGSE)

August 19-21, 2016
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

'I am Elizabeth Reegan and another day of my life is beginning' she said to herself. 'I am lying here in bed. I've been five weeks sick in bed, and there is no sign of me getting better. Though there's little pain, which is lucky, and the worst is fear and remorse and often the horrible meaninglessness of it all. Sometimes meaning and peace come but I lose them again, nothing in life is ever resolved once and for all.
- John McGahern, The Barracks (1963)

CFP Frankenstein and the Fantastic (Themed Session) (6/15/16; NEPCA Keene, NH 10/21-22/16)

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 6:34pm
Michael A. Torregrossa / Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair

FRANKENSTEIN AND THE FANTASTIC
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR A THEMED-SESSION OF THE
FANTASTIC (FANTASY, HORROR, AND SCIENCE FICTION) AREA

Visit us at NEPCA Fantastic: http://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com

2016 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire
21 and 22 October 2016
Proposals by 15 June 2016

Michael A. Torregrossa
Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair
NEPCAFantastic@gmail.com

[UPDATE] CFP - KEEP IT DIRTY, vol. a, "Filth" / An open-access, peer-reviewed online journal published by punctum books

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 5:33pm
KEEP IT DIRTY, vol., a, "Filth" / punctum books

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Filths savor nothing but themselves.

—William Shakespeare, King Lear (1603)
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With this call for content the multimedia journal KEEP IT DIRTY is announcing its new volume, "Filth." The volume, a critical project related to "filth," will be published online at http://keepitdirty.org/a starting December 2015. Submissions of text, audio, still images, video and other formats are welcome, provided they are complete at the time of submission and are somehow related to the concept—or more accurately, the nonconcept—of "filth."

Frugal Honesty - July 8 - 9, 2016

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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 6:52pm
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Student Caucus, Vancouver, BC

FRUGAL HONESTY

Keynote: Madeleine Thien, author of Simple Recipes (2001), Certainty (2006), and Dogs at the Perimeter (2011)

"I would check that podium for like a raw onion or some no-more-tears . . . It's not really believable" - Andrea Tantaros, Fox News host, commenting on President Obama tearing up while announcing an executive order to curb gun violence and expand background checks in January 2016

"I actually think he was sincere. I'll probably go down about five points in the polls by saying that, but I think he was sincere" - Donald Trump, on those same tears

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